Hyundai to hire ex-VW designer Donckerwolke – report


Volkswagen Group veteran Luc Donckerwolke is set to be hired to replace Peter Schreyer as Hyundai and Kia design head when Schreyer retires in two years, reports.

While the Korean carmaker declined to comment, Automotive News Europe sources confirmed that the Belgian designer is taking up an “offer of a lifetime” at Hyundai.

Earlier this month, the 49-year old left his job as Bentley styling chief, apparently after an online spat with Lincoln Continental Concept designer David Woodhouse over resemblances to the Bentley Flying Spur, according to

“Do you want us to send you the product tooling?” Donckerwolke sarcastically wrote through his personal Facebook account.

Like Schreyer, Donckerwolke has also been with Audi, where he was responsible for the original TT and R8 Le Mans. He was also design head at Lamborghini, where he oversaw the Murcielago and Gallardo. Before he joined Bentley he headed design at SEAT, and has been with the VW Group for 23 years.

Despite Schreyer, 63, still having two years left on his contract, Donckerwolke is reportedly set to move to Korea early to give him time to adjust.

Donckerwolke has apparently been replaced at Bentley by Audi design boss Stefan Sielaff. Sielaff was with Mercedes-Benz between 2003 and 2006, during which he was responsible for the W205 C-Class‘ interior.

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  • Sam Loo ( ori1 ) on Jun 19, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Kimchi still kimchi,get top designer also no use. My son saga has better design that any of this kimchi crap.

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    • Low Budget on Jun 19, 2015 at 11:02 am

      At least Hyundai got the cash to hire one of the best in the world. Your perception of Kimchi is very different from millions of car owners on this planet, though I need to respect your blurry view.

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      • Sam Loo can only afford proton on Jun 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

        Pakcik sam, you bash proton but bought saga for your son ? hahahaha…

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  • SamShowedMeTheHilux on Jun 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

    From failed DSG to a rotten cabbage.

    But I would still encourage all sorhai tai lan ngongs to buy K5, Elantra and Sonata to prime the used car market

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    • dicky on Jun 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Yes later noone buy sushi, RV goes down
      Many buy kimchi, RV goes up
      Even trade-in value also goes up

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    • Sleep on Nov 16, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      What do you mean by fail dsg? My 1 year old jetta haven’t got me disappointed. Don’t simply bash because of you cannot afford to own one.

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  • roxas on Jun 19, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Average problems per 100 vehicles of brand’s whole line:

    Porsche 80
    Kia 86
    Jaguar 93
    Hyundai 95
    Infiniti 97
    BMW 99
    Chevrolet 101
    Lincoln 103
    Lexus 104
    Toyota 104
    Buick 105
    Ford 107
    Ram 110
    Honda 111
    Mercedes-Benz 111
    Industry Average 112
    Audi 115
    GMC 115
    Dodge 116
    Volvo 120
    Nissan 121
    Cadillac 122
    MINI 122
    Mazda 123
    Volkswagen 123
    Scion 124
    Acura 126
    Mitsubishi 126
    Land Rover 134
    Jeep 141
    Subaru 142
    Chrysler 143
    smart 154
    Fiat 161


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    Midsize premium SUV: Infiniti QX70, Lincoln MKX, Porsche Cayenne

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  • Kancil Hybrid on Jun 19, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I think Proton also should add more orang putih to their top execs line up. It will give them different thinking and approach.

    There are things that no one can beat orang putih.

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    • sushino.1 on Jun 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      But I dun like orang putih design. I like bruises, dugong, flower horn, catfish and other ugly animal designs by Japs.

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    • Justalking on Jun 19, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Why orang putih ? Yellow skin cannot ah?

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Jun 19, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I’d rather get Schreyer to train some new blood (surely there are Koreans who are good at automative/product design), and move forward from there.

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  • kampungEGGpower! on Jun 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    he reminded me of a pornstar that kind of look u get what i mean bro tan, the product shd be sexy though..

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  • Hazlan on Jun 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Wanna know how to rescue Proton?

    Hire mat saleh designer.

    Confirm Proton sales 1 million cars.

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